Calls & Texts & Emails-Oh My!

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

 

It was Sunday, and it was after 12 noon, and I was live on the radio.

Calls were coming in, along with texting of questions.

 

Margaret Rome Live Radio

 

 

I have found from the calls I receive during the week; more folks are shy or just not comfortable talking live on the radio. But these listeners have no problem, thank goodness, calling and asking real estate questions all week long. Many of these calls would be ideal topics for the weekly live broadcasts.

 

Light bulb moment

 

Lightbulb margaret rome

 

So when I give out the call-in number, I also give my cell number and tell the audience they can text me during the show.

 

And it's working!

Yesterday's show was lively. I was talking about my new listing, taking calls on the switchboard, reading texts, and seeing an email notice, all at the same time. 

One of the callers asked about this "squatting" situation,"

and before the show was over, another listener emailed me the above link. The radio caller wanted to know if the RE agent had any responsibility. 

 

Have any of you had an experience with squatters taking over your listing?  Would you share your story?

 

Thanks for staying in touch, reading, listening, calling, texting, commenting, and emailing.

 

 

 

Have a question about the buying or selling of a home?

Contact Margaret Rome

 

 

 

Margaret Rome

Comments (33)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Michael Jacobs, I would say that is a marvelous unique talent that Margaret has for sure! 

Michael Jacobs 

Jul 27, 2021 09:43 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thank you dear Laura Cerrano 

Jul 28, 2021 07:57 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

 Margaret:

I suppose you never know what to expect when someone calls in, emails, or texts.

I've never had to deal with a squatter problem during the short sale/REO days, but know someone who did. It got quite ugly with all kinds of legal intervention...and damages.

Jeff

Jul 29, 2021 01:10 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Jeff Dowler, CRS, That's a bit of the excitement...not knowing who's calling. 

Jul 29, 2021 08:08 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jul 31, 2021 06:01 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thank you, Kathy Streib, for the feature, and thank you even more for all you do for us in The Rain!

Jul 31, 2021 09:14 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Margaret. Thought I had coaught this first time around but thanks to Kathy Streib's Sunday challenge, guess not. As always, you find a way to icrease participation. Enjoy your day.

Aug 01, 2021 05:35 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I know of a situation where a homeless person was squatting in a listing of an agent about a year ago. They had been using the combo lockbox the agent had on the door. This is why I use the blue tooth Sentri lock. It lets me know who & when the box is opened!

Aug 01, 2021 07:26 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

We caught an attempted squatter in one of my listings back during The Crash, but booted them before they rooted in.

You and I had a similar themed blog title this week Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 😉...

Take Action: Lions and Tigers and Bears ...A Lie

Aug 01, 2021 07:59 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks, Wayne Martin for always being so supportive.

Aug 01, 2021 08:08 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Buzz Mackintosh, If using a box always make it a protected electronic one. Thanks for stopping by.

Aug 01, 2021 08:09 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets Glad you were able to catch the squatter early on.

 

I like the title of your post!

Aug 01, 2021 08:54 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Margaret, I don't hear about a lot of squatters here. I'm not saying there aren't any. We do have a quicker eviction law than many other states. The article you shared outlines a multitude of issues. I wouldn't want to be entangled in this mess.

Aug 01, 2021 11:03 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

HI Margaret a great light bulb moment!  Squatters taking over a listing?  Can't say I've ever fun into this before.  Early on in my career we had to have a sheriff posse move out a few folks from homes that they failed to make one single payment in 3 or 4 years.  Long story.

Aug 01, 2021 11:19 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 ,

I'm sure there are stories to be told..especially now with the rising homeless population looking for places to camp. I haven't handled any issues with squatters but never say never!

Aug 01, 2021 04:48 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Margaret - I wish I were available more often during your show time so that I can give you support.  You really have a wonderful following here and on radio.

Aug 01, 2021 07:14 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thank you, Grant Schneider. You have an open invitation to call the show any Sunday!

Aug 02, 2021 11:13 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Carla Freund And I agree, what a mess!

Aug 02, 2021 11:14 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker  If there is a way to take advantage of a situation, there are some who will always find it.

Aug 02, 2021 11:15 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Dorie Dillard Austin TX,

I am glad you have not had to deal with this situation. But as you say "Never say never."

Aug 02, 2021 11:17 AM